Some get very upset about the addition of the blank rune but for me, this was my first rune book which I bought AFTER making my runes and the ones I made (followed some other source) also had a blank rune so I had expected a blank rune all along. Since then I have owned a few other rune books, but for me, this works best. I guess find what works for you - I am told I do pretty well in my readings and all my meanings are originally based in this book's meanings.
I like it's to-the-point definitions. I have had those books that give 4 pages to each rune and it may offend some, but I say, who needs all that? I just want to learn them, not know every possible detail of their origin. Basic, understandable meanings in upright and reverse positions and gives a "just-the-facts" approach to standard rune layouts also.
Still my personnal favorite book on runes. Still refer to it at times when I leave my runes for a long period. My copy is higlighted and aged :) Some say these are not traditional meanings and should not be used but for what ever reason, it works for me so maybe it's a find what fits ya kinda thing - I like this one.
The only reason I gave it four stars is that I would recommend some other book (if not now, at some point) just to give ya some background also but I haven't yet found a book I'd really recommend because I don't like long draggy books as learning tools.
This is a good book for beginners. No, I don't say it because it has a lot of good info. I say it because this book covers many different topics, although not at all in depth.
I have a few complaints about it: 1) There are no pronounciations for the rune names (except for wyrd). This can be VERY confusing to the beginner. 2) The rune definitions were very, very short. She covered this up a bit by saying that you should meditate on the rune's meanings to see what they mean for yourself. 3) She doesn't mention that the rune syumbols may vary-- this can get confusing when doing other research. 4) She doesn't mention the other names there are for the runes. Again, nothing horrible, but it can get confusing.
I only scanned over the uses for the runes in magick, but they were quite short as well...
I would only recommend this book if you were trying to figure out if you wanted to use the runes in divination. If you already know you want to use the runes, and are looking for information to help get you started, don't get this book. It only tells you the frame of things, so I would recommend getting other rune books along with it or doing some internet research.